"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
TRAVELING TO PARIS
The allure of Paris is best described by Victor Hugo. "He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime." Everyone should visit at some point to experience the museums, the endless rows of delicious bistros, cafes and restaurants, the gardens, the history, and the fashion. Here are our suggestions on the best travel books for those lucky enough to be able to visit Paris.
Rick Steves: Paris
The Rick Steves guide is our recommendation for the best guide for first time visitors to Paris. Always a good choice for travel in Europe, the Rick Steves series is known for making recommendations on specifically what to see and do and how practically to save time and money. Learn more about the best neighborhoods, how to avoid lines at the Louvre, where to go with kids, and more. The self-guided walks are particularly interesting.
DK Eyewitness Travel: Paris
One of our other recommendations on the best guidebook for travelers visiting Paris is the DK Eyewitness Travel series. There are many quality travel guides with detailed information on what to see and do, but what sets DK Eyewitness Travel apart is the quality of their custom maps and beautiful color photography. Their descriptions of the many museums and cultural highlights of Paris are very impressive.
111 Places in Paris That You Shouldn't Miss
Paris is one of the most interesting cities in the world, with an incredibly rich history. Those who have visited Paris before might find some new surprises in the 111 Places That You Must Not Miss guide. 111 Places provides quirky insider-type ideas not normally found in other travel guides, with recommendations on super chic stores, pretty neighborhood walks, secret gardens, and more.
Paris in Color
Our favorite coffee table book highlighting the beauty of the world’s most romantic city is Paris in Color, created by Nichole Robertson. This hardcover book is both a work of art and a celebration of Paris, organized by color and presented in a way that highlights the true charm of this amazing place.
Madeline (the children's book series)
Madeline is a children’s book series written about a seven year old girl named Madeline who lives with 11 friends in an old Catholic boarding school in Paris, covered with vines. Madeline is the most outgoing and courageous in the group, and each book typically revolves around some sort of everyday life adventure. This is a great book series for young readers ages 4+. Click here for more information on Madeline.
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